The Easiway Dip Tank system is the most efficient way of streamlining and systemising your screen reclaim department in your screen-room. It is trouble free, cost-effective and allows you to prevent the mess and avoid the tedious job that is normally associated with the scrubbing of traditional screen reclaiming products. It also contains the process and prevents the waste of your screen reclaim chemistry allowing you to get your screens ready for recoating in a few very simple steps.

Nick Walker, Screen Print Worlds resident Screen Printing expert suggests a few basic points to adhere to, in order to help you get the best out of your Dip Tank and Dip Tank Chemistry.


• Place your tank in the correct location as close to your wash booth as possible to allow easy access to the pressure washer and avoid having to carry wet screens across your screen room. Also, once it’s full it’s heavy, so you don’t want to have to move it once it’s full.
• Fill your tank to approximately halfway to two thirds with water BEFORE adding the Easiway Supra  (the reason for this is if you add the Supra first it foams quite a lot when you add the water)
• Add the required amount of Supra to the tank – there is a chart in the brochure outlining the ratios, but we recommend 1:7, which would be 5 gallons in a 37 gallon tank or 2 gallons in a 14 gallon tank. This should give you a mix that should soften your screens in about 2 minutes. You can mix at 1:5 which will extend that time, or at 1:10 which will speed it up.
• Once you’ve added the Supra top up your tank with water to about ½ an inch below the lip of the tank to allow for the level to rise slightly when you submerge the screen/screens.
• Leave the tank for a couple of hours to allow the distribution of the Supra in the tank.


• Once you have finished your print run, scrape off as much excess ink from the screen as possible and remove all the tape – it is not necessary to thoroughly clean the screen before it is submerged, but scrape as much off as you can.
• Submerge your screens for 1-3 mins depending on your mix of Supra (1:7 should be at about 2 mins) You will find two nylon rods and holes in the lip of the tank – these rods push through the holes to keep the screens submerged in the tank.
• What you are looking for is the emulsion and ink to be soft but not falling off in the tank – you can rub your finger on the emulsion and you should see the emulsion moving. NB: If the emulsion is falling off in the tank you’ve left it too long.
• Place the screens in the Wash Booth and pressure wash them to blast off the soft ink and emulsion.
• Once the Emulsion is off the screen, you will then scrub the screen on both sides with Easisolv 701 – This will remove the stain from the mesh as well as degrease the mesh in one process.
• Repeat pressure rinse to clear the stain.
• You can now leave your screens to dry and they will be ready to coat for the next job.


 

Should you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us on 01562 829009 or at nick@screenprintworld.co.uk.

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Thinking of investing in an automatic screen cleaner, but don’t no where to start? Screen Print World CEO and Screen printing expert, Dave Roper answers a few regularly asked questions on our Lotus Holland Evo Automatic Screen Cleaning Units.

Why should I invest in one of these Auto cleaning units?

It will turn up every day and works for less than the minimum wage, safer and better conditions for the employers no nasty chemicals, it will save you time, money and its kinder to the environment!

What size is the unit?

Very small foot print with only 5m in length and 125cm in height it’s the smallest auto cleaner on the market. they are that compact & self contained, most people put them in there actual Printshop with the added bonus that they run very quiet.

How does the Evo Automatic Screen Cleaning Unit work?

It is a very simple 3 chamber system as shown below.

How many screens will it clean?

The Lotus Holland Evo Automatic Screen Cleaning Unit will clean 200-225 screens in an 8 hour shift.

How many people is needed to run it?

Very little labour is needed! It will switch itself off when not in use and some print shops get the printers/end of drying staff to load and unload the machine.

How easy is it to use?

Very easy, no plc’s, no computers and as long as you follow some simple guidelines it’s push and go.

How long does the solution last?

Between 3 and 9 months depending on your housekeeping and how well you look after it and of course how often you use it! Pumps already on the machine help you replace chemistry quickly and easily.

How much does it cost to clean a screen 23 x 31?

The cleaning cost per screen is typically around 50p depending on a few variables.

What’s the compact Evo made from?

Quality stainless steel made in the Netherlands with hard wearing European parts and pumps.

What connections do I need?

Mains drain and needs 3 phase electric and compressed air to operate.

Will I have to degrease?

Nope, the solution has a built in degreaser so you are good to go.

Will I have to dehaze separately?

Yes, ghosting is caused by the pigments in the ink you use, so after some time you will have to use a de haze paste to remove previous designs.

What maintenance do I need to do on the machine?

Change the filter when needed, keep an eye on the level of cleaning chemistry and check the PH balance in the stripper with daily top ups of cleaning chemistry.

Can I use any emulsions?

Pretty much yes, always good to check first though.

Where can I buy the filters and the chemistry from?

For UK and eire, we stock the chemistry and filters here at Screen Print world, in our Midlands based warehouse.

Can I add sections at a later date if I need more though put?

Yes, it is a modular system.

What’s the warranty?

If you use the recommended cleaning chemistry and have it serviced once a year from a qualified Lotus Holland service tech then its a massive 10 years! Otherwise standard is 1 year.

What is the cost?

£45,000 for the Lotus Holland Evo compact, ex VAT ex delivery and install.

Over a 5 year period subject to finance, this would cost approx. £220 per week, £44 a day or £5.50 an hour.

Want to learn more about our screen cleaning units, or have any other screen printing questions, you can contact one of our experts on:

01562 829009

sales@screenprintworld.co.uk

www.screenprintworld.co.uk